Gloria Staios

Director B. App. Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP, MSPA

Gloria Staios, founded Spectrum Speech Pathology with Christine Kendall in 2000. Recognising that the needs of autistic children, speech and language delays, dyspraxia and complex communication needs required therapy services from highly experienced speech pathologists, they wanted to offer parents and their children a choice of a private service of excellence.

Gloria maintains an active clinical practice while continually expanding and enhancing the services offered by all the team at Spectrum Speech Pathology. Gloria and Christine are pioneers in providing private speech pathology supports for autistic children.

With more than 28 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, Gloria held the position of Chief Speech Pathologist with the Yooralla Society of Victoria and has developed expertise working with children with cerebral palsy and is a trained neurodevelopmental therapist . Over the years, her passion expanded to working with autistic children beginning with her work at the Western Autistic School. Together Gloria and Christine have grown and expanded the speech pathology services at the Western Autistic School, which is internationally recognised as a school of excellence.

The vision that Gloria and Christine developed for Spectrum has remained the same: To open the world of communication to all. To that end, Spectrum has become one of the most respected practices in the area of autism and social-learning. In addition to providing therapy supports to autistic children and teenagers and their families, Christine and Gloria have extensive experience in training and education. For 14 years, together with Christine, Gloria was an ‘Expert Lecturer’ at the Autism Teaching Institute which offers vocational graduate certificate and diploma courses for teachers. Gloria and Christine have also been involved in presenting training workshops for teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists and integration aides for the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

Over the years Gloria has maintained a strong commitment and ongoing involvement with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) including the presentation of numerous training workshops for speech pathologists related to the diagnosis and support of autistic children and adolescents. She is also an active members of the SPA Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Group and consultant on the Department of Health and Aging (DoHA) Autism Project. In 2009 and 2010, Gloria was delighted to be invited by Royal Children’s Hospital International (RCHI) and Professor Margot Prior to deliver training and mentoring at the National Hospital for Paediatrics in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Following this wonderful experience she was interviewed by Sen Lam for the Asia Pacific program on Radio Australia, and Thu Dang on the international radio program Voice of America. Gloria continues to enhance her skills through participation in national and international conferences, seminars and training programs which include:

  • AAC
  • ADOS-2
  • DIR®Floortime
  • Social-emotional programs
  • Tuning into Teens™
  • Talk-About
  • Attendance at major autism conferences

Gloria has a strong commitment and dedication to enhancing and developing her own therapy skills and those of the team at Spectrum Speech Pathology as well as sharing this knowledge and clinical experience through training programs and workshops offered to professionals and parents.

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